Apart from the different sorts of vibrant activities to indulge in, the capital city even boasts of certain eclectic galleries and museums. They house some of the finest collections which can give any person a cultural fix. Whether you have a spare afternoon in the capital or wish to pass your evenings in an enlightened way, then do stop right at the below mentioned places. And we also ensure that your time will be well spent by taking a glimpse of such classic treasures!
1) Odisha Modern Art Gallery
This gallery is a non-profit making platform for arts and artists & is the only one in Odisha to exhibit some brilliant works of art. It houses a huge collection of Odishan contemporary art and craft, creation of various artists & also the work of some great national artists.
The gallery was designed with an objective to preserve and enrich Odisha’s rich culture exhibiting their artistic skills. There is even a provision for children & adults to pick up the artsy tricks in the special art camps held here from time to time. One can also buy the wonderful creations displayed in the gallery through their official website www.odishaartgallery.
Location: 132, Forest Park
Timing: Open to public from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on all days, except on Mondays.
2) Buddha Art Gallery
Buddha Art Gallery is an initiative taken up by Government of Odisha, and is considered to be one of the biggest art galleries in the state. One can get a glimpse of some of the most innovative and marvelous contemporary, traditional, and tribal art forms here.
Buddha Art gallery also comprises of paintings created by eminent personalities like D.N.Rao, Siba Panigrahi and others too. Although the visitors can’t buy the artwork directly from the gallery but are given the privilege to contact the artists directly in order to buy the exhibited sculptures and paintings.
Location: Besides Buddha Jayanti Park, Lumbini Vihar, Chandrasekharpur
Timing: Open to public from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on all days, except on Sundays and Government holidays.
3) Gallery OIC
Odisha India Craft Gallery or Gallery OIC is an Orissa Overseas initiative which deals with paintings created by various artists from Odisha. One can find traditional paintings such as pattachitra, saura tribal & palm-leaf paintings along with modern ones including the canvas painting here.
Creative works of eminent personalities like Dr J P Das, Anuradha Pradhan, Bijaya Mallick and many more can be found here. Besides, this gallery also deals with stone carving sculptures made out of black granite, sandstone, pink soft stone and many more. Though at present this gallery is in a state of relocation, but its operations still continue via the digital mode! Here’s their website link www.galleryoic.com
Location: N2/117A, IRC Village, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar – 751015, Odisha
Timing: Open to public from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on all days, except on Sundays
4) Suvadra Art Gallery
Established with a vision to promote art in India, Suvadra Art Gallery deals in both traditional and contemporary forms of art & craft. Every year the gallery hosts workshops, art camps and exhibitions to promote the contemporary form of India’s art all round the globe. Having a huge space for their exhibit, this is considered to be one of the most spacious art galleries of Bhubaneswar.
It showcases a diverse portfolio of arts and crafts ranging from traditional paintings, magnificent sculptures to fascinating paintings made by the use of acrylic, charcoal, oil, etc. Since its inception, the gallery has emerged as a hub for artists, collectors, connoisseurs, curators and art patrons. Moreover, it even outsources the excellent creations of senior artists including those of Jatin Das, Rabi Narayan Rath & Dr. J P Das.
Location: Plot No-1185, Tankapani Road, In front of Radhika Tower
Timing: Open to public from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on all days, except on Sundays
5) Odisha State Museum
Considered to be the oldest museum, the genesis of Odisha State Museum begins way back in 1932 when two historians started collecting & preserving valuables of archaeological importance from varied places. Initially the museum was housed within the premises of Ravenshaw College (now University), Cuttack, which by a suitable order from the Government of Odisha, was transformed into the Provincial Museum in 1938 and was later on shifted to old Bhubaneswar from where it was finally transferred to its present location in 1960.
The museum exhibits a range of unique sculptures, terracotta, murals, copper plates, fine arts & other timeless antiquities. It is divided into eleven segments of galleries including anthropology, manuscript section and the most noted archaeology section. The manuscript gallery even preserves the delicate palm leaf, bamboo leaf, manuscripts of ivory and many more of age-old centuries. Home to more than 56,000 rare antiquities, this museum is truly a repository of artistic expression for generations.
Location: Near Kalpana Square, BJB Nagar, Lewis Road
Timing: Open to public from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on all days, except on Mondays and every Odisha Government holidays
6) Regional Museum Of Natural History
The Eastern regional centre of the National Museum of Natural History is located in Bhubaneswar. Open to students as well as the public at large, the museum showcases the lively biodiversity of Odisha, eastern & north eastern India and Andaman & Nicobar Islands as well.
Offering an excellent facility to make people aware of the state’s natural heritage & of others too, the museum also emphasizes on the conservation of flora, fauna & natural resources. One can find a skeleton of Baleen Whale installed within the museum, which is supposed to be the largest one of all other museums in India.
Location: Near Acharya Vihar Square on National Highway 5
Timing: Open to public on all days from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, except on Mondays and every Odisha Government holidays
7) Museum Of Tribal Arts & Artifacts
It’s popularly known as the Tribal Museum or Museum of Man and the museum’s new version was established in 2001 in Bhubaneswar. One can find the displays of artifacts collected from different tribal groups including those from the PTGs (Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group or Primitive Tribal Group) of Odisha.
While this museum exhibits the tribal lifestyle, their cultural past & present, it even reflects the rich cultural heritage of 13 PVTGs of Odisha such as Bonda, Saora and many more. The central attraction of the museum lies in the personal & household belongings of tribal apart from their instruments used for hunting, fishing, dance, music and the Dhokra items too. Today this museum has become a hub for people with an interest in anthropology and attracts a lot of tourists from around the globe.
Location: Near CRPF square in between Priyadarshini Market Complex and the Sambad office alongside National Highway No. 5.
Timing: Open to public on all days from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, except on Mondays and every Odisha Government holidays